This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Nov. 21, 2005
The WASHINGTON Huskies have captured their second straight Pac-10 title and will receive the Pac-10's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies wrap up the regular season with rival WASHINGTON STATE on Friday ... CALIFORNIA and STANFORD travel to UCLA and USC with postseason seeding on the line ... The Arizona schools conclude the regular season on the road at the Oregon schools ... Chris McGee and Holly McPeak will call the action in this season's final FSN match featuring Stanford at UCLA ... Six Pac-10 teams remain in the AVCA Top 25 - No. 3 Washington, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona, No. 12 California, No. 13 USC and No. 16 UCLA ... The Pac-10 owns a 75-24 (.758) record in non-conference play ... Here's this week's schedule:
Fri., Nov. 25
No. 12 California at No. 13 USC, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 32-7. Streak: CAL 1
No. 5 Stanford at No. 16 UCLA, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 23-16. Streak: STAN 9
No. 6 Arizona at Oregon, 8 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads, 31-8. Streak: ARIZ 14
Arizona State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads, 26-13. Streak: OSU 1
Washington State at No. 3 Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 26-13. Streak: WASH 5
Sat., Nov. 26
No. 5 Stanford at No. 13 USC, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN lesds 28-10. Streak: STAN 2
No. 12 California at No. 16 UCLA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 38-1. Streak: CAL 1
Arizona State at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads 32-7. Streak: ASU 15
No. 6 Arizona at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 30-9. Streak: 18
Sun., Nov. 27
NCAA Volleyball Selection Show, 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 p.m. PT, ESPNews
ARIZONA - With victories over UCLA and USC last week, Arizona is 13-1 at McKale Center, the program's best home mark since 2001, when it went 12-1 ... After nailing 50 kills over the weekend, senior OH Kim Glass, the school's all-time kills leader, became the first Wildcat and fourth player in Pac-10 history to record 2,000 kills ... Glass posted a career-high 37 kills in the five-game over No. 14 USC. It was the first time Arizona has beaten USC since 2001 ... With 157 aces, Glass needs four aces to break the UA career mark of 160 (Kiyomi Morino, 1984-87) ... Senior OH Jennifer Abernathy notched her 13th double-double of the year vs. UCLA, leading all players with 15 kills and 12 digs.
ARIZONA STATE - Sophomore L Sydney Donahue continues to pace the Sun Devils in digs, picking up 15 on Friday against UCLA and recording 40 on Saturday versus USC. It was the second time this season she's picked up 40 or more digs . Donahue needs 21 digs over the final two matches to set the school single-season record, currently held by Mindy Gowell with 601 in 1990 ... ASU honored seniors Giovana Melo and Sarah Watkins on Saturday as as the pair closed out their careers in Wells Fargo Arena.
CALIFORNIA - After last week's upset of Santa Clara and loss to Stanford, senior OH Jenna Brown moved up to seventh on the all-time Cal career dig list with 1,121 total digs and moved up to eighth on the all-time Cal career list with 1,071 total kills ... Junior L Jullian Davis moved up to fifth on the Cal career list with 1,179 total digs ... Junior S Samantha Carter has 1,259 assists on the season, seventh on Cal's single-season assist chart. Previous Carter seasons are ranked No. 1 (2003) and No. 5 (2004) on the chart.
OREGON - The Ducks came one game short of achieving their first sweep of a Pac-10 team since 1996, with a five-game loss at Washington State ... Freshman OH Mira Djuric posted 20 kills in Pullman, while senior OH Kelly Russell had 18 kills and 10 digs ... Freshman S Erika Bartruff added a career-high 12 digs to go with 28 assists in Thursday's match.
OREGON STATE - Oregon State earned its sixth straight victory over Washington State on Friday night, marking its sixth Pac-10 win of the season. That's the most Conference victories for the Beavers since 2001 ... Sophomore OH Kristin Murray led the Beavers with a match-high 18 kills, while junior MB Brittany Cahoon and senior OH Karah Rhoades finished with 15 and 14, respectively ... Junior MB Abby Windell put up seven blocks in the win over the Cougars.
STANFORD - Junior OH Kristin Richards had her fourth straight match with 20 or more kills in the Cardinal's five-game win over No. 13 California. She collected a match-high 22 kills against the Golden Bears, and did so with a career-high 71 attempts, passing her previous best of 62 against Penn State last season ... Before the Big Spike, Stanford honored two graduating seniors, S Katie Goldhahn and L Courtney Schultz ... Schultz picked up 14 digs from the Bears, moving her into tenth place in Stanford's record book with 1,052 career digs.
UCLA - Freshman OH Kaitlin Sather led a trio of Bruins with double digit kills in the Bruins' sweep at Arizona State. Sather posted 18 kills, while junior MB Katie Carter and RS sophomore OH Rachell Johnson added 11 and 10, respectively ... Johnson matched her 10-kill effort on Saturday's loss to No. 6 Arizona ... Junior MB Nana Meriwether contributed seven blocks in the loss in Tucson.
USC - The Women of Troy broke several personal and school records over the weekend at the Arizona schools ... Senior S Nena Siljegovic had a career-high eight kills on Friday in USC's five-game loss at Arizona ... The Women of Troy bounced back on Saturday, as senior MB Bibiana Candelas had a career night in Tempe, nailing 35 kills (.451) and scoring 39 points in the win over the Sun Devils ... Junior L Debora Seilhamer set a new school record for most digs (39) in a four-game match. She tied the previous record earlier this season with 36 digs against Notre Dame.
WASHINGTON - With one week left in the season, Washington grabbed its second-straight Pac-10 title Thursday night with a sweep over Oregon State. The Pac-10 crown is the second for the Huskies who won the program's first title last season with a 16-2 mark ... The wins over both Oregon schools extended the Huskies' home winning streak. They haven't dropped a match in Seattle since they fell to USC in five games on Nov. 26, 2004. UW has won 15 straight home matches, including all 10 this year ... Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic continues to shatter the school's record book. Just one night after setting the school record for career kills (1,682), she set the school record for career aces (148). Her mark ranks ninth on the Conference's all-time list.
WASHINGTON STATE - Washington State took a 3-2 win over Oregon on Thursday night, marking the Cougars second Conference win this season and the first since October 1. Freshman OH Brittany Johnson and freshman L Jalen Pendon combined for 41 of WSU's 74 kills ... Pendon, who holds the school's single-season record in digs, moved from her libero position to outside hitter, leading the team with 15 digs ... Senior MB Natalia Owens and junior OH Kelly Rosin pitched in another 22 kills, as Washington State hit a season-hit .290 in the match ... The Cougars also had a season-high 24 team blocks, led by junior MB Jen Barcus with 11, Owens with nine, Johnson with eight and sophomore S Maureen Perez with seven ... Perez also dished out a career-best 63 assists.
ODDS AND ENDS - Of the 81 Pac-10 matches played to date, 48 have been decided in three games, 18 have been decided in four games, and 15 have gone five games.